Shine Bright: Where to See Holiday Lights This Season

Here's a list of some of the best light shows in the area.

Each holiday season the city lights up with festive ways to help you create magical memories. Grab your loved ones, and check out these amazing light displays around the New Orleans area.

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

Nov. 17 – Jan. 7

A new festive lights display makes its Louisiana debut this holiday season. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland brings two miles of custom-made displays to the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, La. starting on Friday, Nov. 17. Here’s a sneak peek of what to expect.

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Canal Street

Starting November 21

Canal Street comes to life this holiday season with two miles of twinkling holiday lights and a giant Christmas tree at the Astor Crowne Plaza. It makes a great place to take photos and soak up the holiday spirit with loved ones or even if you’re alone! Photo courtesy: Downtown Development District

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Celebration in the Oaks

Nov. 24 – Jan. 1

Breathtaking light displays adorn New Orleans City Park for the annual Celebration in the Oaks. The Botanical Gardens, Storyland and Carousel Gardens come alive with festive holiday lights. Admission is $9 and children under 3 are free.

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Kenner Christmas Village

Nov. 25 – Dec. 30

The Kenner Christmas Village illuminates Kenner City Park this holiday season with lights and animated scenery. Weekends feature live performances by choirs, carolers and dance groups. There’s also ice skating, a beirgarten, a Christmas tree lot, local entertainment, crafts and food vendors. On December 2 kids can join Santa for breakfast, December 15 there will be a pajama party with Santa and on December 23 a Frozen party will give kids the opportunity to take pictures with Elsa and Olaf.  Christmas Village admission is free. Photo courtesy: Visit Jefferson Parish

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Roosevelt Hotel

Nov. 28 – Dec. 31

Each holiday season, the Roosevelt Hotel’s lobby comes to dazzling life. The annual tradition brings locals and visitors out for the perfect photo op. Plus, while you’re there, make it a date night and stop over to the Sazerac Bar. Photo courtesy: The Roosevelt New Orleans

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Christmas in Lafreniere Park

December 1 – December 31

This holiday exhibit at Lafreniere Park sparkles with thousands of twinkling lights and displays like a 60-foot sea serpent, a princess and her magical castle and the gingerbread man. Admission is $5 per vehicle. Enter the park from the West Napoleon Avenue access gate. The Children’s carousel will be open nightly for $1 per child. This exhibit is open Sunday through Thursday from dusk until 9:45 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from dusk until 11:45 p.m. Photo courtesy: Visit Jefferson Parish

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NOLA ChristmasFest

Dec. 21 – 31

This family-friendly indoor Christmas festival at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center features festive lighting displays and decorated Christmas trees. Get filled with holiday cheer with this fest jam-packed with activities including an indoor ice skating rink, ice slides and carnival rides. Santa and all his friends also make an appearance.  Photo courtesy: NOLA ChristmasFest

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